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Feeling The Christmas Spirit In London

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February 21st, 2014

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No doubt you will have had the dulcet tones of Cliff Richards, or the jarring scream of Noddy Holder or some other such cheesy Christmas tune (or maybe you’re lucky and only get Fairytale of New York stuck in your head) pervading your thoughts and alerting you to the fact it is the holiday season. And the bane of the holiday season is of course, having to buy people gifts.

16 Quirky Shops in London: The City’s Best Independent Shops

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February 21st, 2014

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Though it may seem like every other shop in London is a Zara, Tesco or Starbucks, there are still many eccentric, vibrant independent shops thriving among the high street mega-brands. Here is a small list of some of the best quirky shops in London. Jessie Chorley & Buddog Originally a stall in Broadway Market, Jessie & Buddug was transformed into a beautiful, creative shop on Columbia Road in 2008

Pancake Day in London 2014: From Subtle and Savoury to the Outright Indulgent

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February 18th, 2014

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Although perhaps not the most important date on the festival calendar, Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday , does present a great opportunity for a celebration. Formally known as Shrove Tuesday, the event, which lands on March 4th this year, comes a day before Ash Wednesday and is designed to celebrate the fasting period, Lent, which starts on that day. Pancake Day is also celebrated as Mardi Gras – “Fat Tuesday” – in many European countries, the US and Brazil.

The Caipirinha Cocktail

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February 15th, 2014

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To make a  Caipirinha cocktail  you need Cachaca, and to make Cachaca you need sugar cane juice. Which is important, because it is what makes Cachaca a Cachaca, and not a rum. After that it follows a pretty similar path to rum, with the juice being fermented and then this liquid distilled.

It’s a Wing Ting

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February 7th, 2014

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Once a new food trend or type has been adopted by a few in the capital, it doesn’t take long before everyone is at it. You don’t have too far to travel before stumbling upon a decent burger anymore (and amen to that) and pizza places have been upping their game too. But, despite the presence of a Chicken Cottage on every corner, it’s only in the last year or so that London’s food scene has properly started to embrace the joy that is a perfectly cooked bird